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Gas explosion cuts supplies in Western Australia

23 July 2008

A natural gas explosion in Western Australia on 8th June 2008 has severed natural gas supplies from an offshore plant. A pipeline ruptured at the Varanus Island plant operated by Apache Energy, causing an explosion and cutting gas supplies from the plant, which supplies most of its production to industrial customers, including iron ore and gold mines and aluminium producers.

Natural gas explosion cuts supplies in Western Australia
Natural gas explosion cuts supplies in Western Australia

Now that the fire has been extinguished, miners are working to secure energy. Officials report that it may take at least two months to repair the damage and restore gas supply due to the equipment needed being difficult to source.

Apache, which has declared force majeure on gas supplies, is responsible for about a third of Western Australia's gas supplies. Companies with operations affected by the incident included the world's biggest miner, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Minara Resources, Oxiana, Newcrest, Iluka Resources, Alumina and Alcoa.

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